Hackney Dementia Festival is back for Dementia Action Week: Monday 17 - Sunday 23 May

Cllr Yvonne Maxwell Dementia Champion

The Hackney Dementia Festival is back kicking off with a week of free online activities for Dementia Action Week from Monday 17 May, and returning in September for a series of in-person events.

The annual festival, which was put on hold last year due to the pandemic, celebrates the continued involvement of people living with dementia in arts, culture and sport.

While covid restrictions remain, the majority of events will be held online with highlights including an online Caribbean tea party hosted by the Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation, a virtual Jerusalema Dance Workshop from Outward and a Memories Workshop led by Hackney Libraries where participants can share their trips down memory lane and reminisce on their favourite places in Hackney. 

Throughout the week St Joseph's Hospice will also be offering daily one-hour workshops online, including: Dementia Friends Information Sessions; Playlist for Life workshop; Introduction to Namaste Care; a workshop based on a Ted Talk by Naomi Feil.

On Saturday 22 May participants can attend the Secret Garden Tea Party in a safe and beautiful Haggerston oasis complete with china tea sets, cakes and uplifting music. 

The full program of events can be found online at lovehackney.uk/dementia-festival and events are available to book from now. A second round of in-person Dementia Friendly Festival events will take place in early September and feature partners including Shoreditch Town Hall and Castle Cinema.

Cllr Yvonne Maxwell, Mayoral Advisor for Older People
Cllr Yvonne Maxwell, Mayoral Advisor for Older People and Dementia Champion said: “After having to cancel last year’s Dementia Festival due to the pandemic, we’re delighted to see it back again at a time when we need it most. It’s great to see such a range of creative activities that will reunite the community with socialising, learning and having fun. I’m grateful to all those involved in pulling together such a brilliant program of events for all those living with dementia.”

Cllr Yvonne Maxwell, Mayoral Advisor for Older People